Research

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Dr. Amana Raquib
Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy
PhD (Religion, Philosophy and Ethics), University of Queensland, Brisbane

Dr. Raquib has authored a book titled Islamic Ethics of Technology: an objectives' approach. Her research interests lie in the area of Philosophy of Technology, Philosophy of Science, Islamic Theology, Islamic Ethics, Islamic Critical and Maqasidic Evaluation of Postmodern Techno-Culture, more specifically Consumerism and its philosophical and existential underpinnings. She is currently working in the area of entrepreneurship from an Islamic perspective. A recent article of hers, relevant to her current research interests, is "Entrepreneurship as an Agent for Social-Ethical Reform: An Islamic Perspective," published in the Malaysian journal Islam and Civilizational Renewal (ICR). In collaboration with Dr. Gulnaz Anjum, Dr. Raquib is also working on a funded project studying Quranic reflection (tadabbur) and its effects on spiritual struggle, consumption (hedonism), gratitude and environmental consciousness. Her teaching philosophy and methodology enable her students to develop critical thinking and moral reasoning skills which they can then apply to their own lives and the dilemmas facing the world at large.

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Dr. Melissa Beattie
Assistant Professor of Media & Communication Studies
PhD (Theater, Film and Television Studies), Aberystwyth University

Dr. Beattie's areas of research include (trans)national identity/-ties, transnational TV and associated representations, quality TV and fan tourism. She is currently researching Canadian and Australian national identity and media, Chernobyl and fan tourism with Dr. John Riley of Woosong University and various new media research projects. She has recently published work on fan tourism with Dr. Liza Potts of Michigan State University, the aesthetics of machinima and an ethical discussion of the Paris climate accords with Professor Emeritus Robin Attfield of Cardiff University.

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Dr. Nausheen H. Anwar
Director, Karachi Urban Lab (KUL) and Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning
PhD (City & Regional Planning), Columbia University

Dr. Anwar's research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of Critical Urban Studies, Human Geography, Political Anthropology, Gender/Development Studies and Political Economy. She is particularly interested in the politics of Urban Planning and Infrastructural Development, and the Power-laden Forms of Climate Adaptation, Planning and Sustainability Practices and Policies. She has authored a book, Infrastructure Redux: Crisis, Progress in Industrial Pakistan & Beyond (2015, Palgrave Macmillan), which uses detailed cases of Sialkot and Faisalabad in industrializing Punjab to explore the double-edged narratives of development that frame infrastructure in post-independence Pakistan. Fresh lines of inquiry concern new regimes of infrastructure planning and land acquisition/development and regional-urban transformations involving forms of enclosure, protests, and formal/non-formal pathways of redress. She is the recipient of several grants from Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), Department for International Development (DFID), International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council AHRC-ESRC, National University Singapore and Harvard University. Aspects of her work also appear in the journals Antipode, Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, Urban Studies, and South Asian History and Culture. She is especially committed to public outreach to advance the understanding of global-urban issues to foster the development of humane and politically inclusive cities.

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Dr. Nadya Chishty-Mujahid
Assistant Professor of English
PhD (English Literature), McGill University

Dr. Nadya Chishty-Mujahid teaches courses in English Writing and Communication to undergraduate students at IBA. She has authored eight academic monographs, the most recent of which is on representations of twins in literature. She is a regular book reviewer for Dawn and SouthAsia.

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Muna Khan
Lecturer at the Center of Excellence in Journalism (IBA-CEJ)
Masters of Science (Journalism), Northwestern University

Muna Khan has worked in Journalism since 1995 in Pakistan, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates. Her work has appeared in Newsline, Dawn, Vietnam News and Al Arabiya English. She teaches news and feature writing along with personal narrative, immersion reporting and writing on gender and health to Masters students in IBA's Journalism program. She is working on putting together a quarterly journalism review for Pakistani media professionals.